Itchy and irritated eyelids can be a fact of life, and it occurs where your eyelid and eyelash meet. This is called blepharitis, and you shouldn’t take this for granted. Those who are having dandruff, oil skin, or dry eyes are prone to having blepharitis, which can result in minor itching and inflammation. However, blepharitis can progress into something serious and affect your cornea and other eye parts.
For starters, you should know what causes blepharitis or itchy eyelashes. Bacteria are the main culprit here, as they are ever-present on your skin but can thrive at the eyelash base for some people. Skin irritation combined with overactive oil glands make dandruff crusts form along your lash line and lid margins.
Disease or a health condition can comprise your eyelid health and cause blepharitis, and it may include bacterial infection, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, malfunctioning oil glands, makeup allergies, and eyelash mites. Your contact lens solution is a factor here as well.
Blepharitis is a chronic condition that usually comes back after it has been treated and resolved.
Aside from itchy eyelashes, there are other symptoms of blepharitis, including the following:
- Red or watering eyes
- Greasy eyelids
- Redness and swelling
- Light sensitivity
- Crusted eyelashes when you wake up
- Falling out eyelashes or those growing in at an odd direction
- The feeling of having something in your eyes
What you should know, though, is that itchy eyelashes may not be blepharitis – you may need to see the doctor for something else if you have one or more of the symptoms listed above.
Treating blepharitis involves regular cleaning of your eyelids. Use warm, damp compresses gently pressed on your eyelids in order to loosen crusting and scales. Gently clean your eyelid using a cotton swab dipped in a solution of water and baby shampoo. For severe cases, a doctor may prescribe special eye drops and prescribe antibiotics. Blepharitis is chronic, so you need to maintain excellent eyelid hygiene for a lifetime if you have had it.
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